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Northeastern Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.Great GulfNew HampshireGreat Gulf Wilderness High Point5915White Mountains 
2.Presidential Range-Dry RiverNew HampshireBoott Spur5502White Mountains 
3.PemigewassetNew HampshireMount Lafayette5260White Mountains 
4.Dix MountainNew YorkDix Mountain4839Adirondack Mountains 
5.Mckenzie MountainNew YorkWhiteface Mountain-Southwest Slope4298Adirondack Mountains 
6.Slide MountainNew YorkSlide Mountain4190Catskill Mountains 
7.Sandwich RangeNew HampshireNorth Tripyramid4180White Mountains 
8.Hunter-West Kill MountainNew YorkHunter Mountain4050Catskill Mountains 
9.Windham-Blackhead RangeNew YorkBlack Dome3990Catskill Mountains 
10.Indian HeadNew YorkPlateau Mountain3850Catskill Mountains 
11.Big IndianNew YorkBig Indian Mountain3710Catskill Mountains 
11.GlastenburyVermontGlastenbury Mountain-West Slope3710Green Mountains 
13.Blue RidgeNew YorkWakely Mountain-North Slope3691Adirondack Mountains 
14.Peru PeakVermontPeru Peak3435Green Mountains 
15.Siamese PondsNew YorkBig Range3376Adirondack Mountains 
16.Silver LakeNew YorkHamilton Mountain3258Adirondack Mountains 
17.Big BranchVermontMount Tabor3061Green Mountains 
18.Pigeon LakeNew YorkWest Mountain2923Adirondack Mountains 
19.William C. WhitneyNew YorkAntediluvian Mountain2333Adirondack Mountains 
20.Round LakeNew YorkLost Pond Peak2274Adirondack Mountains 
21.Hickory CreekPennsylvaniaHickory Creek Wilderness High Point1910Allegheny Plateau 
22.Allegheny IslandsPennsylvaniaCrulls Island High Point1155Allegheny Plateau 
23.Moosehorn-Baring UnitMaineBald Mountain-South Peak405New England Upland 
24.Great Swamp National Wildlife RefugeNew JerseyGreat Swamp Refuge High Point290Mid-Atlantic Highlands 
25.MoosehornMaineMoosehorn Wilderness High Point210New England Upland 
26.Otis Pike Fire Island High DuneNew YorkFire Island Wilderness High Point48Mid-Atlantic Highlands 
27.MonomoyMassachusettsMonomoy Island High Point35Mid-Atlantic Highlands 
28.George D. AikenVermontAiken-yaw MountainNullGreen Mountains 
28.BreadloafVermontBread Loaf MountainNullGreen Mountains 
28.BrigantineNew JerseyBrigantine Refuge High PointNullMid-Atlantic Coastal Plain 
28.Wild RiverNew HampshireCarter DomeNullWhite Mountains 
28.Giant MountainNew YorkGiant MountainNullAdirondack Mountains 
28.Joseph BattellVermontGillespie PeakNullGreen Mountains 
28.Ha-de-ron-dahNew YorkHa-de-ron-dah Wilderness High PointNullAdirondack Mountains 
28.Five PondsNew YorkHitchins Pond PeakNullAdirondack Mountains 
28.Hoffman NotchNew YorkHoffman MountainNullAdirondack Mountains 
28.Sentinel RangeNew YorkKilburn MountainNullAdirondack Mountains 
28.Lye BrookVermontLye Brook Meadows PeakNullGreen Mountains 
28.High PeaksNew YorkMount MarcyNullAdirondack Mountains 
28.West Canada LakeNew YorkPanther MountainNullAdirondack Mountains 
28.Pharaoh LakeNew YorkPharaoh MountainNullAdirondack Mountains 
28.Jay MountainNew YorkSaddleback MountainNullAdirondack Mountains 
28.Bristol CliffsVermontSouth MountainNullGreen Mountains 
28.Caribou-Speckled MountainMaineSpeckled MountainNullWhite Mountains 
28.PepperboxNew YorkTwin Ponds PeakNullAdirondack Mountains 

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List Description

Wilderness areas are large tracts of land where resource extraction, roads, structures, and motors of any kind are forbidden. The only intrusion of man permitted is foot travel and low-impact camping. They represent the last sanctuaries of the primeval world left in our developed country, and most of them are in the high mountains.

This list shows the highest points in designated Wilderness Areas in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. These include the federally designated Wilderness Areas on National Forest and Wildlife Refuge land, plus the New York state Department of Conservation Wilderness Areas in the Adirondacks and Catskills. These two ranges are unique in the US in being managed by a state agency, not a federal one, and the state wildernesses are functionally equivalent to the federal ones. So it made sense to include their high points on this list.

Note that the boundaries of many Wilderness Areas are indistinct and not always shown accurately on topographic maps. In addition, many Wilderness high points are "liners" or "slope points" located where a boundary is excluding a summit area that has road or tower development. So finding the exact point for many of these summits may be difficult, and being sure of reaching them may require independent research. In some cases, where a wilderness boundary came very close to a prominent undeveloped summit, that summit is assumed to be the wilderness high point even if the official boundary may be a few feet away.

 


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